It’s an emotional moment at the Zoo Halle. As three generations reunite after being apart for 12 long years. It is an event, full of pure love. A love that kept on living inside their heart for years even after being separated.
These three generations consist of 39-year-old grandmother Pori, 19-year-old daughter Tana, and a 4-year-old and 1-year-old granddaughters Tamika and Elani. This duo of mother and daughter got apart 12 years ago. Even though they haven’t seen each other for a very long time, they did not take much time to recognize each other and cant wait to touch each other’s trunk.
Such a love-filled moment it is. This shows that love does not fade away. A moment of happiness when Tana introduced her kids and in return the grandmother held her trunk out to them to show her affection. She did not back out instead she could not have been happier.
Elephants, in contrast to the bulk of wild animals, are highly social creatures. The herd is governed by a matriarch, a powerful female who serves as the herd’s primary decision maker. She has a significant impact on the lives of those she cares for. Bulls are frequently expelled from a herd within the first few years of its existence, but the females remain together throughout their lives and form a unique bond in the wilderness.
The elephant house will remain closed for the time being to give the animals a chance to relax and become reacquainted, according to a statement from the zoo, but visitors will still be able to see the elephants in their outdoor area.
For now, Pori is in a separate enclosure from her offspring but in the next few days they will spend time together in the outer section to get accustomed to each other.
Pori is an African elephant who was born wild in Zimbabwe in 1981 and brought to Germany to the Magdeburg Zoo, where she lived from 1983 to 1997, when she was sent to the for Tierpark Berlin for breeding purposes. In 2001, she gave birth and raised her first calf Tana.
The Zoo director, Dr Dennis Muller, said: “Pori’s arrival in Halle is an important step in modern elephant husbandry. In the future, all elephant herds in European zoos should be cared for in such natural family structures. Today we have come a great deal closer to this goal.”